[PD] [semi-OT]: Licenses [WAS] Re: expr alternative

Lorenzo Sutton lsutton at libero.it
Tue Oct 25 09:36:20 CEST 2011

Trying not to drift this to the usual 'anti-Apple'  thing and no direct 
critique to the OP, But:
I think it's in a way good that people realise some of the close-minded 
(at the most) views and policies of Apple. And their consequences. 
Especially in the 'creative/artistic' landscape which the company 
targets so much.
Are yo u frustrated because a cool GPL software (like Pd) can't run on 
you latest iToy? I say: good! Are you frustrated because Apple withdrew 
a programme from the AppStore because they judged it 'inadequate'? I 
say: good. You are probably starting to open your eyes.
Go pester Apple as much as you can *before* coming to the developer and 
'ask' him/her (as politely, kindly, tenderly  as you like) to change 
their license which is often not only some piece of shallow legality 
thing but (especially in the case of FLOSS) a personal, ideal often 
hard, decision.

That said, it is obviously developers' sacred right to decide what the 
hell they like with their (often hard-worked) code.



On 24/10/2011 18:45, Max wrote:
> Am 23.10.2011 um 19:27 schrieb i go bananas:
>> or has anyone ever tried contacting the original authors and asking them to change the license so it can fit in with pd's standard BSD ??
> I've had the pleasure to meet Shahrokh Yadegari a few weeks back here in Weimar and asked him about just that. He said he always wanted to change the license to BSD.
> IIRC it is based on some older code which has a  licence attached he can't change, so he would like to rewrite those parts but simply didn't find the time to do that yet.
> On the website ( http://crca.ucsd.edu/~yadegari/expr.html ) is written:
> “Based on original sources from IRCAM's jMax
> Released under GNU's General Public License.”
> According to Shahrokh that would take him under a week to do but it was a matter of time/priority that it had not happened as of today.
> So maybe asking him nicely could to the trick. Or send a voucher for week in a californian retreat...
> Max
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